Dundee Christmas lights brighter and better in 2013
Friday November 15
Dundee is set to sparkle under £155,000-worth of decorations this Christmas.
As the days get colder and the nights draw in, city shops are already stocking up with everything you could want for a merry holiday.
Now Dundee City Council has revealed its plans to set the streets alight this festive season.
Will Dawson, city development convener, has promised the city will be busy and bright.
He said: “We’re on schedule and getting ready for the festivities and this year’s Christmas light night.
“It’s something I always look forward to and our celebrations seem to get better and better every year. And with the City Square redevelopment, we have a couple of extra decorations for people to enjoy.”
This year’s lights and Christmas trees will be put up at various locations in and around the city, including Stobswell, Lochee, Whitfield, the West End and Broughty Ferry.
The main tree will stand in a new position in City Square. In addition there will be satellite Christmas trees and garlands scattered about the city.
The works, being handled by the council’s environment department, are set to cost a total of £155,316.27 — about £3,500 less than last year.
Mr Dawson said: “We have a brand new position for the big Christmas tree, it will be seen from everywhere in the city centre and right along High Street and Nethergate. So we are changing things up a little for Christmas 2013.
“But it’s not just about the city centre, trees will be put up further out as well following a similar pattern to last year.
“We try to put on a show and make the centre a stage for local people and performers and attract folk from further afield. Late night shopping and street performers will all be starting soon.
“The Christmas light night will be slightly earlier in November, to fit in with the Wellgate switch on.
“It will be great to see the city centre so busy. The decorations brighten the whole place up.”
The erection and connection of the Christmas lighting equipment and features will take place at West Port, Seabraes, Stobswell, Lochee High Street and the bypass roundabout, Whitfield Police Station, Broughty Ferry Library and Brook Street.